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Football: Bishops Welcome Cee-Bees

August 30, 2012
By SHAWN RINE , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MOUNDSVILLE - Bishop Donahue coach John Durdines knows what to expect from Clay-Battelle when it rolls into Monarch Stadium on Friday night. He just hopes he knows what he's going to get from his Bishops.

Bishop Donahue opened the 2012 season with a 41-26 victory at Cameron in a game in which several Bishops players dealt with cramping issues. That wasn't the least bit pleasing for Durdines.

''Obviously we have to get across to them to eat the proper foods and drink water, not pop,'' the coach said. ''I hope they listen and do what we say.''

Despite the problems, Bishop Donahue (1-0) was able to get out of Dodge undefeated, which of course is the goal. They did so behind a punishing ground game that featured Jordan Bonar (17 carries, 82 yards and two touchdowns) and Saquan Hill (15 carries for 92 yards, three TDs).

''Cameron's a very good ballclub,'' Durdines said. ''Anytime you can get a win, it's a good win.

''We played a really good first quarter and third quarter, but we need to get some consistency.''

The running of that dynamic duo made it a smooth transition for sophomore Jesse Padlow who was making his first varsity start at quarterback. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, to Bonar.

''You couldn't ask for much more from a young man in his first start, especially when facing a huge county rival,'' Durdines said. '' No turnovers and I thought he handled it well.

''Anytime you can turn around and give it to those young men, they can take a lot of pressure off you.''

Defensively, the Bishops forced four turnovers including three interceptions by Bonar, and came away with four sacks - one each from Chris Vani (forced fumble), Gino Aquillino, Andrew Cunningham and Chase Padlow.

''Overall I was happy,'' Durdines said. ''The first three series we held them to negative yards and a turnover (and) then had a breakdown here and there. It was breakdowns from those you don't expect. Saquan got beat on two deep balls and Jordan got beat once.

''We ended up with 12 tackles for loss and controlled their running game. We've got to limit the big plays.''

The Cee-Bees (1-0) had plenty of those in a 65-0 victory against Paden City last Friday night. Durdines said he sees a lot of similarities to seasons past from Coach Ryan Wilson's team.

''They have some nice size and they are going to want to pound'' the ball, Durdines said. ''Their QB (Tristan Haught) was really good last year and he he can throw it. They've got two nice-sized backs (sophomore Jacoby Steele being one of them) and a good line."

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